ENTER TO WIN: Inhabitots' 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest!

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Inhabitots’ Green Halloween™ Costume Contest is BACK! Now’s the time to cast a spell on our judges with your cleverest kids’ costume creations! We can’t wait to see your crafty, inventive DIY, homemade, eco Halloween costumes that your little ghouls and goblins will wear this Halloween. You have between now and 11:59pm on November 1, 2014 to upload your costume contenders to our contest site here. This year we’re awarding over $200 in prizes to the lucky winners! Read on to learn more and to get inspired by some incredibly creative winning costumes of past years!

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Fluf's Organic Cotton Snack Bags Make Snacktime Cheery

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We’re already fans of Fluf’s cute organic cotton lunch bags, so imagine our delight to see that Fluf has added some adorable snack bags to their collection. Fluf’s snack bags are made with 100% certified organic cotton and printed with low-impact, azo-free dyes. The interior snack pack linings are tested food-safe lining and free of phthalates, BPA, and lead. Each little snack baggie is totally reusable, making lame plastic baggies a thing of the past. They also feature an easy to use Velcro closure and they’re roomy — fitting all kinds of snacks and sandwiches. For ease of use, each snack pack is preshrunk and fully machine washable. Bonus, your kids will love getting lunch food and snacks packed in sweet and colorfully designed baggies.

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13 Kid-Friendly Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

by 10/19/14   filed under: art, craft, diy kids crafts, green halloween, halloween, link roundup

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13 Pumpkin Themed Halloween Crafts for Toddlers

by 10/18/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, green halloween

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Yoga Joes: Classic Army Men Toys Swap Guns for Yoga Mats to Become Mindful Action Figures

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Eepples MilkCharms Make it Easy to Date and Save Pumped Breast Milk

by 10/18/14   filed under: breastfeeding

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If you’re tired of hunting down masking tape and pens to label your bottles of breast milk, then Eepples MilkCharms may be the perfect solution. Eepples are an eco-friendly way to date your pumped breast milk. The MilkCharm is a reusable, day & time breast milk freshness tracker for ANY standard baby bottle, and it’s sustainably made in the USA. Instead of writing directly on your bottles, you simply dial in the day (and time if you want to be exact), on the MilkCharm, place the charm on the bottle and put it in the fridge or freezer. MilkCharms are made with food grade polypropylene and silicone, and they are BPA and phthalate-free, 100% recyclable and manufactured using as much recycled material as possible. MilkCharms are also dishwasher safe, easy to use and super cute. With MilkCharms you’ll never have to guess about when you pumped milk again, plus once you’re done with breastfeeding, you can reuse the charms for saving and dating leftover food. One pack of three comes in various attractive color combinations.

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Brain Cancer Rate for Girls Increases 550% in Florida Town, Possibly Due to Radioactive Waste

by 10/17/14   filed under: health & body, toxins

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A special investigation featured in The Nation has revealed that brain cancer rates among young girls in The Acreage, a south Florida town, have shot up in recent years, and radioactive waste may be responsible. The Acreage is less than twenty miles inland of West Palm Beach and it’s typical for about one in 30,000 to 40,000 children in the United States to develop a brain tumor annually, but The Acreage, with a population of just 39,000, saw four pediatric brain-tumor cases between 2005 and 2007. The Nation reports that a young girl’s “chance of getting a brain tumor in The Acreage was five and a half times what it was in the rest of Florida,” not even accounting for the four children diagnosed with brain tumors in 2008. A parent-led investigation into the rise in cancer cases caught the eye of a local reporter in 2009, who wrote a story about it — and soon after the state announced an official cancer-cluster investigation. As The Nation points out, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a cancer cluster as a “greater-than-expected number of cancer cases that occurs within a group of people in a geographic area over a period of time.” Most other suspected cluster investigations fail to turn up significant results proving a link between cancer cases, but in the case of The Acreage, health officials informed the community that their town was indeed experiencing a cluster of pediatric brain tumors, not to mention elevated rates of all cancers at all ages. However, no clear culprit for the rise in cancer cases was found. Families may have been left without answers, except that attorneys decided to take up where public-health officials left off. Erin Brockovich and a local firm began to represent several families in the community which resulted in unearthing some possible causes including rumors of pollution and pesticides in The Acreage — and throughout South Florida. To learn more about the pollution and radioactive waste thought to cause the brain cancer spike in The Acreage, read the whole investigative report, The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550%—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame?

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Broccoli Sprout Extract May Help Treat Autism Symptoms

by 10/17/14   filed under: health & body, kids health, news

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If we were going to look for the next line of treatment for symptoms of autism, broccoli sprout extract might not be very high on our list of remedies — until now. A small recent study that involved 40 men and boys with autism who were treated with broccoli sprout extract showed promising results and will lead to further testing and analysis. For the twenty-six men and boys who received the broccoli sprout extract in pill form, half of them showed improvement — with some showing significant improvement in areas such as social interaction, verbal communication, and behavior. Those taking placebo pills did not show improvement. When the patients stopped taking the extract, their previous symptoms and behaviors returned within four weeks. Since eating massive amounts of broccoli or broccoli sprouts doesn’t appear to be a helpful solution, since the amount and potency of the extract (aka sulforaphane) varies significantly within different types of broccoli, scientists and doctors will continue examining why this natural extract in pill form may be producing promising results and how it can help them learn more about the way that autism works.

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Faux Moccs are Adorable Handmade Vegan Moccasins for Tiny Toes

Faux Moccs are Adorable Handmade Vegan Moccasins for Tiny Toes

TweetEmail Moccasins, as a soft-soled shoe, protect young feet while still allowing them the freedom to develop and move like bare feet. Kortney says each pair is made with…

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10 Gorgeous Indoor Play Spaces that Will Delight Kids

10 Gorgeous Indoor Play Spaces that Will Delight Kids

TweetEmail 1. Book Nook Paradise If a jungle gym and a library had a baby, it would probably look like this amazing book-infused play space. I love that there are lots of…

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HOW TO: Make a DIY Statue of Liberty Halloween Costume

HOW TO: Make a DIY Statue of Liberty Halloween Costume

Step 1: Gather the Materials Realizing that Liberty’s costume required a lot of draping, Lena raided her closet as well as her husband’s looking for old clothing in adult…

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La Queue du Chat Children's Organic, Fair Trade Clothing Boasts Whimsical French Flair

La Queue du Chat Children's Organic, Fair Trade Clothing Boasts Whimsical French Flair

TweetEmail For girls, the line includes romantic but practical separates such as blouses, cardigans, and leggings as well as patterned dresses (including the utterly adorable…

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This Stunning Refit of a Derelict School Building in Puerto Rico Was Inspired by the Surrounding Bamboo Forest

This Stunning Refit of a Derelict School Building in Puerto Rico Was Inspired by the Surrounding Bamboo Forest

TweetEmail The Annex refit was the second commission Díaz Paunetto had received from the school, having previously remodeled classrooms and the playground space.…

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HOW TO: Make Delicious Vegan And Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts!

HOW TO: Make Delicious Vegan And Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts!

1. Gather the ingredients. For the donuts 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or canola oil (I recommend coconut and use unrefined oil, but Babycakes recommends using refined), plus a little…

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Grampa Bardeen's Pumpkin Carving Kit Helps Your Family Create Impressive Jack-O'-Lanterns

Grampa Bardeen's Pumpkin Carving Kit Helps Your Family Create Impressive Jack-O'-Lanterns

As you check off your list of fall activities, including the obligatory family visit to the pumpkin patch, don’t forget to plan and prepare for the all-important day of carving!…

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GoodWeave Founder Becomes Nobel Laureate for Child Rights Advocacy

GoodWeave Founder Becomes Nobel Laureate for Child Rights Advocacy

Last week’s Nobel Peace Prize announcement brought great excitement and attention to the plight of child labour when Kailash Satyarthi, founder of GoodWeave and champion of child…

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6 Eco-Friendly Halloween Treats That Cost Under 20 Cents Each!

6 Eco-Friendly Halloween Treats That Cost Under 20 Cents Each!

Fair Trade Chocolate Coins – 13 cents per treat Pirates and other little trick-or-treaters alike will love this Halloween booty. Sweet coins of milk or dark (vegan) chocolate…

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Stunning Wooden Bed Collection for Kids by Oliver Furniture

Stunning Wooden Bed Collection for Kids by Oliver Furniture

The Wood Collection The Wood Collection is a new unique and aesthetic bed series by Oliver Furniture made with lovely rounded edges and other innovative design…

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